CARLSBAD — The public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the L. John Simons Twin Inns Gazebo at 10:30 a.m. May 10 at Magee Park, 258 Beech Ave. in Carlsbad. Members of the Carlsbad City Council and city staff will join Rotary leaders and community members for the ceremony.
Originally located behind the historic Twin Inns building on Carlsbad Boulevard, the gazebo figured prominently in weddings and other special gatherings dating back to the mid 1970s. In 1990, the gazebo was donated to the City of Carlsbad by Neiman’s Village Faire, and moved to Rotary Park with support from the Carlsbad Evening Rotary Club. The gazebo became slated for demolition in 2007, after North County Transit District resumed control of Rotary Park from the city.
At that time, the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club informed the City Council of its desire to save the gazebo from demolition, restore its roof, and rebuild it to current standards on a city-owned site. City Council unanimously voted to approve the relocation of the gazebo to Magee Park.
City staff has worked in cooperation with the Rotarians to ensure the gazebo will continue to be a part of the city’s history, as well as a destination for many more celebrations to come. As a result of the tireless work and fundraising of the Rotary clubs, the roof of the gazebo has been carefully restored to its former glory. In May 2010, the Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary Club donated $28,638 to the City of Carlsbad to fund a contract with an approved construction company to complete the structural elements of the relocation of the gazebo to Magee Park. The gazebo roof was placed atop a new supporting structure outfitted with lighting and electrical access.
Located adjacent to Magee House and the rose gardens, the gazebo is ideally situated for weddings, special events or other community gatherings, and is available for private rental.
In February, City Council approved naming the gazebo after L. John Simons, in recognition of his exemplary dedication to the preservation, restoration and relocation of the gazebo, and for his many years of service and outstanding contributions to the city of Carlsbad.
For more information, visit carlsbadca.gov/parksandrec or call (760) 434-2826.